Ink-O-Dem partners with Chicagoland Ace stores
Some 30 Ace Hardware stores in the Chicago region are the latest retail outlets to offer ink cartridge refill services through a company called Ink-O-Dem.
Ink-O-Dem’s ink cartridge refilling service is operating at about 4,500 Walgreens stores in the United States. In and around Chicago, the service is operating in retailers including two Micro Center stores in Chicago and Westmont, Fry’s Electronics in Downers Grove, and hundreds of Walgreens, the company said.
"Now that more people are aware that Ace Hardware has this very affordable and eco-friendly service from Ink-O-Dem, it quickly became a demand we needed to meet with a sizeable expansion, said Frank Honold, of Ink-O-Dem.
Ink-O-Dem inkjet cartridge refills cost half of what a new cartridge costs, according to the company. Black cartridge refills are $9.99. Color refills are $14.99. The service also has an environmental message: refilling printer cartridges, instead of throwing them away, spares landfills about 60,000 tons of industrial grade plastic every year, according to Lyra Research.
Electrolux plant closing impacts hardware store
According to an article in the Des Moines Register, the pending closing of an Electrolux plant in Webster City, Iowa, is going to impact the nearby True Value Hardware store.
The Webster City True Value Hardware Store, owned by Vicki and Jim Olson, is adding 25% floor space, reflecting the confidence of the owners, according to the article.
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Rent a Husband founder sues Ace Hardware
The founder of Rent a Husband, Kalle Warren Jr., has filed a lawsuit against Ace Hardware and his former attorneys in a Portland, Maine, Superior Court, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald. He is seeking $200 million plus punitive damages.
The Maine Attorney General’s Office dropped all criminal charges against Warren last month after he agreed to pay $2 million to settle claims that he duped investors in his home-repair business. Warren, who did not admit guilt as part of the settlement, also agreed to seek damages from his former law firms, whom he says gave him bad legal advice and guidance on obtaining investors.
Ace Hardware, which entered into a business venture with Warren and Rent a Husband and was planning to offer the service nationally, according to media reports, has also been named in the civil suit as part of the Attorney General’s settlement.
In the lawsuit, Warren claims that the criminal charges have adversely affected his career and business.
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